Kratos Defense & Security Solutions

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Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Kratos Defense & Security Solutions President, CEO, and Director Eric M. DeMarco
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  1. Helpful (2)

    A good company that went downhill due to mismanagement.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winter Park, FL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Up until a few years ago everyone worked as a team. Communication was good and you felt like you were part of a family.

    Cons

    To get a promotion, you had to be a complete screw up. Loyalty and hard work was never recognized.

    Advice to Management

    Start from scratch and get rid of all DEI management. The company is top heavy in management and high salaries.


  2. a corporate raider

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - I Cannot Share My Job and Maintain Anonymity in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - I Cannot Share My Job and Maintain Anonymity in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    the benefits were good. I don't have anything else good to say.

    Cons

    My department was run by people who didn't know what they were doing, and treated the people who DID know what they were doing poorly. Now, the people who did the work are laid off and the managers are still there. What could they be doing?

    Advice to Management

    Treat the worker bees like the assets they are, and don't let managers run amuck.


  3. Bad Times with new Management

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Solid local employees who really do care.

    Cons

    Upper Management has no principle or business ethics

    Advice to Management

    Go back where you came from and leave this company alone.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Administrator

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great entry into the field

    Cons

    Poor managment, untrustworthy personell practices, lots of promises made none carriered through

    Advice to Management

    Start over


  6. Helpful (1)

    Worst Ever

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good locations to get to work from freeway. Hard to write any other Pros to be factual and accurate.

    Cons

    Toxic, back stabbing work environment that allows inappropriate sexual misconduct to go on in the work place at PSS. Allowing employees to "sext" and send weird photos. Other women bragging about it at work and showing around the text messages on company phones. A joke of an interim regional VP who misbehaves with women via company cell phone and a president that knows. Complete chaos all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Sort out the toxicity and lies. President is a joke of leadership. The constant turn over at PSS should tell you something about the work environment. Almost everyone is gone. Complete chaos.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Review 2015

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is in business still.

    Cons

    Company does not have experience with big projects and their operational budget is way too reduced. Thus, an insignificant variation in the schedule is taken as a catastrophe. Schedule is "the work philosophy." However, when you are on the third or fourth tier and the project demands to control the tiers bellow you, which by the way have much more experience and have a lot of time in rodeos as this; then a crisis door is permanently open. It is now a battle in two fronts (upper and lower tiers). Perhaps the schedule is crushed (intentionally or unintentionally), then Kratos cannot stand the pressure. Even worst, when the operational budget depends on the success or not of another project... If as it happened, that project fails, then the whole organization suffers.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Clueless

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Inside work no heavy lifting

    Cons

    Stuck in the past. Most notable quote: "Thats not the way we did it before"

    Advice to Management

    Lay off the compliant yes men and keep the competent people. Not vice versa.


  9. Helpful (1)

    System Programmer

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are almost NO pro's. The company does NOTHING but cut jobs. They lay people off every other week.

    Cons

    Way too many. Constant lay off's. No place to grow. They do not know how to do Bid work and Arizona is a bid market. They hire inexperienced field personnel and the customers pay for that lack of experience. The president of the PSS division lies every chance he gets. The list could go on. We started out with 8 really good experienced guys in the office. The last one left was a really bad salesman.

    Advice to Management

    Spend money get the right people decide on a course and stick to it. If not then SELL the company cause right now all your doing is messing with your employees minds.


  10. Helpful (1)

    The old DEI Services

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Winter Park, FL
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Winter Park, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay and benefits were good to excellent. At one time, there was a diversity of products to work on. Raises were decent.

    Cons

    Projects were mismanaged. People were just dumped into projects and expected to "hit the ground running" or they were dropped on the roadside. Projects were behind schedule and their configuration management was a complete mess.

    Advice to Management

    Install people in management positions who encourage employees to excel and offer opportunities to improve their skill sets. Do not grow too fast, but don't shut the place down either. Reduce operating costs by renegotiating rental contracts for office space.


  11. Helpful (1)

    More Interested In Acquisitions than compensation or training for Front-Line Employees!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kratos Defense & Security Solutions full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great front-line worker camaraderie and the ESOP is very competitive!

    Cons

    Compared to other Defense Contractors such as SAIC, CACI the pay is very uncompetitive and it's obvious middle management has been mandated to cut training and compensation in order to go on a acquisition spree. The pay in the D.C. area is around 20% lower than what similar firms pay. On my exit interview the Govt. side wants to know why turn-over is so high and I intend on telling them why! Since turn-over is so high, Ive been told their probably going to lose this Govt. Contract when it comes up for renewal. Greed will cost you in the long run!

    Advice to Management

    Your Acquisition spree in lieu of taking care of your front-line workers will eventually come back to bite you! Trust me, I'm hearing the Govt. is getting tired of you sparing resources on your employees while purchasing assets which reflects your core values.



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